Hartnell College

Academic Senate



Given the length of time since implementation and concerns expressed by faculty, staff and administration, the academic senate will embark upon a review and assessment of the college’s shared governance model and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for change.



The academic senate will establish a task force and invite a representative of the classified senate, student senate, administration, faculty union and board to join us in this important endeavor. We envision that this task force will receive written documentation and oral testimony from those involved in the college’s shared governance committees.



The academic senate wants to know if the current shared governance model/process is really working or are we just window dressing? The following questions will be asked of all shared governance committees:


  • What is the purpose of the committee and is it meeting this purpose? Provide evidence how it contributes to the operation of the college.
  • What are the strengths of the committee?
  • What are the weaknesses of the committee?
  • Is there a better way/method to conduct the business of the committee? How?
  • What direct impact if any does the committee have on student enrollment/retention/graduation?
  • What direct impact does the committee have on curriculum and faculty issues?
  • What impact does the committee have on the overall administration of the college?
  • Should the college maintain this committee or do away with it?



March 2007: Form the task force

April 2007: Receive data and input

May 2007: Assess data and draft develop recommendations

September 2007: Present draft recommendations to campus community

October 2007: Review campus input and develop final recommendations

November 2007: Present recommendations to Board of Trustees


Dr. Pando 2/07